Alcohol could be factor in weekend crash that killed driver’s siblings

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–For years, Jerry B. Middleton was a top-ranking officer at the City Jail with the Richmond Sheriff’s Office.

Now he’s recovering after police said he caused the weekend crash that killed three of his siblings.

According to the Virginia State police, alcohol is believed to have been a factor in Saturday’s 8:40 p.m. crash on Route 60 in Powhatan County that claimed the lives and three family members and severely injured a fourth, the driver.

Middleton, 53, of Chesterfield, was the driver of the 2002 Lexus that ran off the road and hit a tree. He is listed in good condition at VCU Medical Center after being medflighted there.

It’s not the first time Middleton has been investigated for alcohol-related driving.

Killed in the crash were three of his sisters, 62-year-old Joan V. Middleton, 70–year-old Thelma Middleton and 73-year-old Shirley M. Smothers. All three lived…

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